Attendees: Chris Pudlinski (Chair), Kris Larsen,
Michelle Dischino, Alex Lee, Meg Leake, Meg Levvis,
Approve Minutes of April 2013 meeting
Don't have minutes from the meeting on Monday, April
C. Pudlinski reported out on fall FYE enrollment.
1278 FY students enrolled; 1268 students
enrolled in FYE.
There are 16 with multiple FYE sections and 8
continuing students (placed into open and
So, 48 First-Year students not enrolled in
FYE course this Fall.
66 seats were available in Living Learning
Communities; only 41 students enrolled.
Spring 2014 FYE courses currently include 2 ENG 110
sections, 1 COM 140 section.
C. Pudlinski reported out on peer leaders (training
29 peer leaders assigned to FYE courses.
We lost 7 peer leaders (two did not attend
training in May, a few were overcommitted- Resident
Assistant, working too much).
There are 9 returning peer leaders (1 peer
leader is not enrolled in the peer leader course)
M. Leake reported out on the Coffee and Conversation
What worked from the Blue Devil's Advocate
(BDA) program was coffee and conversation.
Left over money from the BDA initiative from
the CCSU Alumni Association will be used so that
peer leaders can take first year students in their
courses to have coffee/ tea in Jazzman's café in the
library on the house.
Jazzman's has a list of the peer leaders and
students enrolled in FYE for billing purposes.
Finish in four mugs are on order.
Money may also be used for a January peer
Peer leaders are required to do a
presentation in their FYE 301 (Peer Leadership
Presentations that are the most interesting
will be shared with Faculty members in January.
C. Pudlinski reported out on orientation.
Almost all of the faculty members attended to
conduct a session.
Students were divided into FYE sections for
Of the 61 FYE groups, only 5 sessions were
covered by administrators; 2 or 3 were covered by
peer leaders; and the rest were covered by the FYE
M. Dischino reported that orientation was much more
organized than the past.
New faculty training
Pudlinski reported out on new faculty training.
17 new Faculty participated in training.
11 mostly full-time Faculty members were
trained in May.
6 were trained privately by C. Pudlinski over
Two of the math faculty members, Matthew
Mackritis and Paul Mallia, who were trained, had
taught FYE before at other institutions.
Alpha Lambda Delta Honors Society
C. Pudlinski reported on Alpha Lambda Delta Honors
The requirements to be part of ALD are that
students must have a 3.5 GPA or above after their
second semester at CCSU.
59 students so far have accepted membership.
The deadline is this week and they are hoping
for at least 10 more students.
CCSU's chapter of ALD received the Bronze
Delta Award by increasing inductees by 10% for 2012.
C. Pudlinski received a congratulatory letter
from President Jack Miller.
The induction ceremony for new members will
be on Thursday, September 26th at 6pm in
the Connecticut Room in the Student Center.
Meg Levvis will say the names of the
inductees and Carl Lovitt is the speaker for the
M. Leake reported out on the budget.
She stated that we have no money except for
the summer stipend for the Faculty director.
The president's call for action lists FYE as
part of the retention and enrollment initiative.
This Spring, peer leaders would participate
without a stipend for training.
There was discussion about training more
faculty members and also having the FYE steering
committee attend the First Year National Conference.
It was also discussed that long range studies
show that students who take FYE perform better and
have better retention rates.
Nominations for new Faculty Director of FYE
There was discussion about new faculty director.
There was consensus that the new Faculty
director should be someone who has taught FYE
before. A list of suggested individuals were
Excellence in Teaching First-year Seminar Award
Kris Larsen re-nominated for Excellence in Teaching
First-year Seminar Award.
Review of Fall 2012 assessment
C. Pudlinksi reported that student enrollment is
There will be an enrollment management meeting on
M. Leake asked about suggestions for
M. Leake is happy to be the recipient of
ideas of actions/ activities to improve enrollment
and the approximate cost of actions/ activities.
M. Leake will bring this information to the
Student Success Team.
M. Leake discussed honoring and celebrating
student success because there won't be funds for the
Academic Honors Celebration next year.
There was discussion of providing extra
sections of FYE courses for students who are
undeclared to give them additional support
K. Larsen discussed establishing traditions for
She suggested having a Freshman Convocation
for the class of 2018.
M. Levvis discussed having a parent's weekend
something more formal than family day.
Other suggestions were rethinking advising
days, orientation, and convocation.
K. Larsen reported that FY commuter students feel
isolated from campus and have been saying this on
the Freshman FY Facebook page.
Students have been stating that they regret
not living on campus.
M. Leake discussed that there have been
partnerships between commuter students and resident
students that have worked in the past.
M. Levvis discussed that the Student Nursing
Association (SNA) has been successful because
students have an affiliation with nursing.
There are study groups with resident students
and commuter students.
M. Leake discussed that peer leaders could have
Coffee and Conversation with their commuter students
and included conversation starts such as: what do
you do besides going to classes?
Discuss getting involved on campus.
K. Larsen said this will show students that
someone cares about them and knows who they are.
Planning for online fall 2013 FYE learning outcomes
C. Pudlinski reported out on results for assessment
from Fall 2012 and distributed a hand out (FYE
Survey) with gains in: academic honesty, accessing
campus resources at CCSU, taking personal
responsibility for academic performance,
understanding the difference between critical
thinking and surface learning, and overall FYE
As for other issues, students spent more time
relaxing and socializing, going to Breakers game
room, attending CCSU athletic events, visiting a
professor during his/ her office hours, visiting the
club fair, and visiting
the Learning Center or other center for help or
M. Leake reported out on the Class of 2017 Academic
The Academic Honors Celebration will be held
on Friday, February 21, 2014 in Welte Auditorium.
Students who achieve a 3.5 GPA or higher are
invited to attend with their families.
Students who complete 12 credits or more with
no incompletes and achieve the highest GPAs will
receive book scholarships to the CCSU book store for
the fall 2014 semester.
The CCSU Alumni Association is sponsoring the
Other potential sponsors include the CCSU FYE
program, and ALD honors society.
Postcards will be made for the Academic
Advisors in CACE to distribute
C. Pudlinski discussed the One Book One Community
He is working with Renata and Sue to plan the
6 FYE classes are reading the book.
There will be an event on Wednesday, November
6th at 7pm.
Both authors are coming and they are doing a
smaller session with ALD (first-year Honors society)
earlier in the day.
ALD is collecting blankets for homeless.
The organizations involved are SGA and
community engagement, but more parties need to be
involved as well.
C. Pudlinski will attend the conference, “Center for
Higher Education Retention Excellence, First Year
Experience: What works and why” on Friday, September
Next meeting Tuesday, October 15th from
3:05-4:20pm in RVAC 317-11:
Planning for January's Faculty development